The Alaskan Adventure
The Adventurers have planned a trip to Alaska for the Summer of 2017. The group will fly from a Virginia airport with the location dependent upon the best value in fares. Arrival will be into Fairbanks with departure out of Anchorage. Check-out the daily itinerary here.
The group will stay two nights in Fairbanks, with one day for visiting the sights. The group will then travel by train to Denali National Park where they will be met by local families from Healy, a town 10 miles outside of the park. The next seven days will be spent touring the local community and Denali National Park. Lodging will be with local Girl Scout families, with two girls in each host home.
Planned activities include:
>> tour of the local coal mine
>> tour of a local dog sled kennel
>> hiking Healy Canyon & hunting for fossils
>> touring Denali Visitor Center
>> hiking in Denali National Park
>> boating on a local lake
>> riding a bus to the backcountry and spending one night at a campground
>> attending a ranger program
>> marching in the local Fourth of July parade
>> carrying out a service project for Denali National Park
Then the group will travel by bus from Denali to Seward which is along the coast. Some of the Girl Scouts from Healy will join the Virginia Skyline group on this part of the trip. Five nights will be spent in Seward, probably at a local hostel.
Some possible activities:
>> glacier/wildlife cruise to Kenai Fjords National Park
>> touring the Alaska Sea Life Center
>> hiking the Harding Ice Field at Exit Glacier
>> sea kayaking on Resurrection Bay
The final destination in Alaska will be Anchorage where the group will stay for 1 or 2 nights, depending on the time of the departure flight.
Most meals will be purchased while in Fairbanks and Anchorage and while on the flight portion of the trip. While in Healy and Seward, the group will be eating in homes or hostels and preparing some of their food. Many lunches will be packed to help cut back on expenses.
>> have a sense of adventure --- on land, on water and in the air.
>> be comfortable in all types of weather and outside conditions - rain, cold and insects.
>> be in good physical shape, as there will be a lot of walking and hiking.
>> work well with a group.
>> be flexible.
>> adhere to the Girl Scout Promise and Law.
Participants may attend as individuals or troops.
Age: minimum age for the trip is 12 years old and having completed 6th grade; girls on the lower end of the age range should have had some travel experience.
Date: June 26-July 11, 2017
Fee: $2,500 (an initial deposit of $200 should be sent with the application)
Airline cost ($800-$900) will be due February 1, 2017. The balance for the trip will then be divided up into four equal payments of $400 due on March 1, April 1, May 1, and June 1.
Registration Opens: now
Registration Closes: February 1, 2017 (please contact Amy if space is available)
Financial Assistance Deadline: April 1, 2017
To Register: complete an Adventurers Adventure Application (#2243); list two references whom the Adventurers will then contact. All travelers will need to complete Girl Health Examination (#2078) and Girl Health History (#2072). The examination piece requires that part be filled out by a health care professional and that the participant has had a complete physical since June 2015.
Questions: contact Amy Swisher, 540-460-7221 or Aklswish@yahoo.com